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The Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping System

Job description

Job location: JOHNSON HALL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-12
Req: R-372


280-NN - Associate Professor

Business Title:

The Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping System

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Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems will create and lead an internationally recognized research program that is integrated and closely collaborates with growers and industry in the Columbia Basin to develop practical methods, means, and risk management tools to promote soil health and improve potato productivity. The research will improve the efficiency and productivity (yield, disease control, quality, and economic returns) of potato cropping systems by focusing research on soil ecosystems in Columbia Basin potato cropping systems, which includes potatoes, rotation crops with potatoes, and cover crops. The Chair will collaborate with and complement other soil research and extension activities conducted by WSU including the WSU Statewide Soil Health Initiative, and other PNW public and private sector scientists, extension professionals, crop consultants, growers, and processors. In addition, the individual will i) seek and obtain extramural funds to support the program; ii) deliver high quality instruction at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels; and iii) disseminate information to stakeholders by contributing to extension efforts consistent with program goals, industry interactions, and other research-based outreach and tools.

Recent advances in understanding the soil microbiome interactions with soil and water physical and chemical qualities have opened new research and management opportunities to improve soil health for enhanced production and human nutrition. As a Distinguished Endowed Chair, we seek a leader to join our team of soil scientists, horticulturists, and plant pathologists to enhance not only our understanding but also our ability to manage these qualities and interactions. The individual selected has the opportunity to collaborate and interface with the new Human Nutrition Plant Phenotyping Center to link soil health, crop nutritional attributes, and management tools to improve human nutrition in food crops.

Required Qualifications:

- Earned Ph.D. degree in soil science, soil microbiology, biogeochemistry, horticulture, plant pathology, or a closely related field;

- Demonstrated record of qualifications and accomplishments commensurate with rank for appointment as associate professor or professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral, written, and electronic forms;

- Demonstrated leadership in developing and executing an interdisciplinary soil science research program;

- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with industry and the crop research community on a local, regional, national, and international scale;

- Demonstrated record of acquiring extramural competitive grant support;

- Knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques applicable to potato soil health research;

- Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching and student mentoring; and

- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

Additional Information:

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
FTE: 100
Tenure Track (Faculty only): Yes
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Position Term in months: 12-Month
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-6420
Department Link: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu and http://css.wsu.edu
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check
Screening Begin Date: April 5, 2021
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter

3)Scanned copy of official transcripts(please upload in the same section as your cover letter as it allows more than one upload)

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application

Required Documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter

3) Scanned copy of official transcripts (please upload in the same section as your cover letter as it allows more than one upload)

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time